Every day until fall camp nears for Ohio State we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today we reach our final profile — freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson. Yesterday’s profile was linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 32 | Running Back | 5-10 210 | Freshman | Hopewell High School | Hopewell, Virginia
How’d He Get Here
The major offers for TreVeyon Henderson started coming in after his sophomore year, but those schools weren’t looking at him to carry the football. Notre Dame offered him as a cornerback. Clemson offered him as a safety. Tigers’ defensive coordinator Brett Venables told Henderson’s coaches at Hopewell High School that he was the best defensive back prospect they had seen so far in the 2021 class. Henderson was a freshman varsity starter at safety on a state championship team. He only began running the ball here and there as a sophomore. Then as a junior he blew up, rushing for 2,424 yards and 45 touchdowns. He didn’t play as a senior because his school postponed football until this past spring. Before recruiting visits were outlawed, Henderson had an official visit to Michigan. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, that visit never happened. Henderson committed to Ohio State on March 27, 2020 and enrolled this past winter.
It was a crowded running back room this spring for TreVeyon Henderson and Ohio State’s five other scholarship running backs. Despite the limited opportunities, Henderson certainly had his moments and has impressed the right people. The room could be a little less crowded with the possible move of Steele Chambers to linebacker. Henderson has at least three upperclassmen ahead of him in Master Teague, Marcus Crowley, and Miyan Williams, but he showed some unique abilities. They will all hit camp together in a little over a week from now and the competition will be a fun one to watch.
What to Like
Everything. TreVeyon Henderson has everything you could want in a running back, and he hasn’t been playing the position that long. He’s a natural evader who has vision and field awareness. Henderson ran a 10.89 100-meter dash early on in high school, but his former high school coach believes he is probably a 10.5 or 10.4 guy now. Henderson has the size to be an every-down running back and the home-run ability to make the most of his carries. His elusiveness and agility will remind some of JK Dobbins, but he’s also big enough to run through some tackles. He can also catch the ball and make things happen outside of the tackle box.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
The ceiling this year for TreVeyon Henderson is winning the starting job. That might not be at the start of the season and it may not happen until the end of the year, but if Henderson hits his ceiling, he’s going to be too good to keep on the bench. Even if he doesn’t reach his ceiling, he’s still going to be plenty good enough to be part of a regular rotation or one of two or three in a committee approach. There will be SportsCenter moments and Henderson’s name won’t be a secret too much longer.
The future is incredibly bright for TreVeyon Henderson and it won’t take long for him to start making plays. Based on his work ethic and desire to be great, the expectation is that Henderson will reach his ceiling at Ohio State. While he is doing that, however, he won’t have to go it alone. He could play three very successful years as a Buckeye and never put too much mileage on his tires. There is more buzz surrounding Henderson than any running back since Beanie Wells in 2006. The depth this year may keep him from breaking out like JK Dobbins in 2017, but it will only be a matter of time until Henderson takes over for good.